The intro sequence in the Homeland Season 3 trailer is a little bit revealing, so don’t click if you want the whole season to be a surprise. Seriously, if you hate even minute spoilers, don’t succumb to the temptation.
Just a couple of days ago Showtime put together a short teaser for the third season of Homeland. The foreboding little trailer was enough to get me pumped for new episodes, and fans didn’t have to wait very long for Showtime to release the first full trailer for Season 3. I would tell you to get excited for the trailer, but if you haven’t watched it before reading this paragraph, it is an emotional doozy.
We first get a secret meeting between Brody and Carrie where they say their goodbyes before sad piano music begins playing in the background. Oh yes, that is The Cinematic Orchestra’s “To Build a Home,” ready to trigger tears as we see Carrie freaking out and crying as well as spend other, quieter moments with members of the cast. As the song amps up, we get to see a Senate hearing and an explosion, bullet wounds and what looks like a drug addiction. Also, Brody’s lost his hair. Finally, we get to see Brody’s teenaged daughter go through plenty of inner turmoil all while dealing with a media that seems to want to tear her apart.
Despite the heavy gunfire and the emotional moments, the big payoff comes at the end of the trailer, when we see an angry, emotional, and unforgiving Carrie wrapped up in a chair in comfortable clothing. She’s sitting next to Saul and he tells her, “I'm so sorry.” The two have had their ups and downs over the past seasons, but whatever is going on in the scene looks pretty heavy and I can’t wait to see how all of these sneak peek images pan out.
Homeland’s second season left a little to be desired, but it’s hard to fault a show for being a little worse in the second round when the first season was nearly perfect. Season 3 seems to be setting Saul, Carrie, and Brody up for loss and destruction, and hopefully the writing will be back to fine form. Even if Season 2 wasn’t quite as perfect as the first, it hasn’t hurt the show’s Emmy chances any, with Homeland nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and plenty more, so clearly not everyone has my issues with Season 2.
We still have a little while before the critical and ratings darling returns to Showtime’s schedule, but we are getting down to crunch time. Mandy Patinkin, Claire Danes, and Damian Lewis will be returning to the subscription cable network for Season 3 of Homeland beginning on September 29 at 9 p.m. ET.